The Ultimate Pre-Holiday Checklist for European Car Owners in Plano

Plano's Essential Pre-Holiday Checklist for European Car Maintenance

The holiday season is fast approaching, and as the roads beckon for festive trips, it’s crucial to ensure your European car is prepared for the journey. Here at EurAuto Shop in Plano, we understand the importance of a reliable vehicle during this busy time. As a professional mechanic, I want to share with you an essential pre-holiday checklist to keep your European or exotic car in prime condition for your holiday travels.


As a professional mechanic, I want to share with you an essential pre-holiday checklist to keep your European or exotic car in prime condition for your holiday travels.

1. Battery Check

Cold weather can be tough on your car’s battery. Before you set off, let’s test your battery to ensure it’s holding a charge and that connections are clean, tight, and corrosion-free. The last thing you want is a car that won’t start on a chilly Plano morning when the family is all packed and ready to go.

2. Tire Inspection

Tires are your car’s only contact with the road, so their condition is vital. We’ll check the tread depth to ensure you have plenty of grip, inspect for any signs of uneven wear, and adjust the pressure to the manufacturer’s recommended settings. Remember, temperature drops can affect tire pressure, so this check is a must.

3. Fluid Levels

Your European car’s fluids are its lifeblood. We’ll top off your windshield washer fluid for clear visibility and check the coolant to make sure it’s at the right level to prevent freezing. Oil, brake fluid, and power steering fluid will also be checked and topped off if necessary.

4. Brake Inspection

We all know how crucial brakes are, especially in unexpected stop-and-go holiday traffic. At EurAuto Shop, we’ll inspect your brake pads, rotors, and fluid. Our goal is to ensure your car can stop on a dime for that peace of mind during holiday travels.

5. Lights and Electrical Systems

With shorter days in winter, working lights are non-negotiable for visibility. We’ll check headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and interior lights. We’ll also ensure your heating system is working effectively to keep you warm on those cold Texas nights.

6. Wiper Blades

Visibility is key in unpredictable weather. We’ll inspect (and replace if necessary) your wiper blades to ensure they’re ready to clear away any rain or sleet you might encounter on your travels.

7. Emergency Kit

We always recommend keeping an emergency kit in your vehicle. It should include essentials like a flashlight, jumper cables, a first-aid kit, blankets, and some basic tools. If you don’t have one, we can help you assemble it.

8. Belts and Hoses

These components can suffer in colder temperatures and may crack or become loose. We’ll give them a thorough inspection and replace anything that shows signs of wear.

9. The EurAuto Assurance

Before you leave, rest assured knowing that any work done at EurAuto Shop comes with a leading 5-year/50,000-mile warranty on parts and labor. We stand behind our work because we understand the craftsmanship of your European car and the trust you place in us.

Come see us!

Before you embark on your holiday adventures, bring your European car to EurAuto Shop at 4008 W. Plano Pkwy. We’re dedicated to ensuring your vehicle is ready for any journey. Give us a call at 214-552-4194 or schedule an appointment online at Let’s make sure your holiday travels are safe, comfortable, and joyous. Safe travels and happy holidays from all of us here in Plano!